My research interests lie in the intersection between theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. Recently my research mainly focuses on the interdisciplinary area of computational social science and multi-agent systems.

My main research activities involve exploring social networks; topics of interests include interpersonal ties, influence, communities structures, information diffusion and social cohesion. I am also interested in pure and applied aspects of logic, algorithmic model theory, computational complexity and automata theory.

In particular, in the last 2-3 years I start to develop an algorithmic investigation into social integration. Integration refers to a process where ties are established in a social network through which individuals gain higher social capital and cohesion. This could refer to, e.g., when a newcomer joins an organization, or socialisalisation among existing members of a network. This also relates to structural models of social cohesion and supports. My investigation focuses on how such goals can be achieved from a structural perspective. Along this general theme, I have produced a series of results in conference such as IJCAI-ECAI-18, AAMAS-18, AAMAS 2017, AAAI 2017, WISE-17, ASONAM 2016, IJCAI 2016.

I am looking for capable project/thesis students who are interested in the topics above.


[6/6/2018] Our papers (Y. Tang, W. Chen, Z. Zhang) "Establishing Connections in a Social Network: Radial versus Medial Centrality Indices" and (H. Wang, W. Chen) "A Search Optimization Method for Rule Learning in Board Games" have been accepted at PRICAI 2018.

[17/4/2018] Our paper (Y.Liu, J. Liu, B. Yan, Y. Cai) "From the Periphery to the Core: Information Brokerage in an Evolving Network" has been accepted at IJCAI-ECAI 2018.

[20/3/2018] Our paper (H. Zhao, J. Liu) "Finding Answers from the Word of God: Domain Adaptation for Neural Networks in Biblical Question Answering" has been accepted at IJCNN 2018.

[22/2/2018] Our paper (J. Mar, J. Liu, W. Chen, Y. Tang, T. Sun) "Evaluating and Analyzing Reliability over Decentralized and Complex Networks" has been accepted at PAKDD 2018.

[25/1/2018] Our paper (Y. Cai, J. Liu, H. Zheng, B. Yan, Y. Liu) "Balancing the Pain and Gain of Hobnobbing: Utility-Based Network Building over Attributed Social Networks" has been accepted as a FULL paper at AAMAS 2018.

[15/1/2018] Our paper (D. Kuske, J. Liu, A. Moskvina) "Infinite and Bi-infinite Words with Decidable Monadic Theories" has been accepted at Logical Methods in Computer Science.

Last update: 06/06/2018

Education and Work


I have taught the following courses at UoA:
COMPSCI767 Intelligent Software Agents
COMPSCI367/761 Artificial Intelligence
COMPSCI225 Discrete Structures in Mathematics and Computer Science
MATHS315 Mathematical Logic
SOFTENG250 Algorithms and Data Structures
SOFTENG211 Software Engineering Theory


PRIMA 2018, Tokyo, Japan, Workshop/Tutorial Co-Chair
AAMAS 2020, Auckland, New Zealand, Local Co-Chair


I am the BSc(Hon) Coordinator and 380/780 Project Coordinator for Computer Science.
Personal Details  
Name: Jiamou Liu ( 刘佳谋 )
Position: Lecturer
Office: Room 303S.487 Science building Extension
Work Phone: +64 9 923 9528
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Department of Computer Science,
University of Auckland,
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